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Hunter Library
Research Guides
Western Carolina University

For Faculty & Staff: Library Instruction

Do Your Students Need Help Finding & Evaluating Information?

Hunter Library is committed to teaching students how to find, evaluate, and use information effectively. Research & Instruction Librarians at WCU teach more than 260 information literacy sessions per year.

Your library subject liaison is available to:

Provide customized library instruction for a particular assignment or course. For some courses, this may work best as a series of instruction/workshops.

  • Assist in the design and assessment of a research assignment.
  • Design specialized online research guides for your class (these can be easily linked to your Blackboard Courses).  
  • Provide library instruction for your online courses, either asynchronously or through live sessions.
  • Teach information literacy sessions at instructional sites such as Biltmore Park.

Students and faculty can ask for research assistance any time -- in-person at the Reference Desk, or by phone, email, chat, or individual appointment. 

How to Schedule Library Instruction

Contact your library subject liaison.

USI and other first-year experience instructors, contact Elizabeth Marcus, Undergraduate Experience Librarian

 We will need to know:

  • What kinds of research your students are doing in class. Please send a copy of your research assignment(s) to your librarian.
  • What you want your students to be able to do by the end of the session (e.g., brainstorm topics, develop search strategies, identify scholarly sources, evaluate webpages, locate company information, find primary documents).
  • What stage of research your students will be in at the time of their visit. Library workshops are most effective when the students are in some stage of the research process. Resist the urge to schedule your library session for the first week of classes! Librarians are available to teach throughout the semester.
  • When you want to bring your class (see above!). A request for an instruction session must be made at least one week before the session is needed. Scheduling of sessions is dependent on the availability of librarians and the library's electronic classroom. Active participation by the course instructor is important (and required)--your participation helps students understand the connection between information literacy skills and their course content. Faculty are expected to accompany their classes to the library sessions.
  • How many students are in your class.

Online Courses and Remote Locations

The Library actively supports distance education courses and programs. Librarians will provide instruction to classes in remote locations, including the online environment. Contact your library liaison to learn more.